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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 8, 2009

By Wayne Nosala

Mark Howlett

Contact Harry Baker

PFJV Chair

818-370-3582

Harry@PFJV.org

DIANNE FEINSTEIN STAFF INDICATES JOHNSON VALLEY IS INFREQUENTLY USED BY RECREATING PUBLIC

The Partnership for Johnson Valley urges users of Johnson Valley to email Senator Feinstein’s office with a personal message to keep the 189,000-acre multiple-use area as public land

Glendale, CA - The Partnership for Johnson Valley (PFJV) has recently become aware that United States Senator, Dianne Feinstein has been briefed that Johnson Valley sees little use from the public. The information, while ill-advised, supports the highly controversial marine base acquisition of the popular Johnson Valley. Unfortunately, the information given to Senator Feinstein’s office is unfounded and lacks specific stakeholder-use data that has already been disclosed to multiple public agencies including The San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfeld, the US Marine Corps and adjoining townships to Johnson Valley.

“A meeting has been scheduled with Feinstein’s staff on Tuesday, March 10th to discuss the multiple users of Johnson Valley as well as other issues,” says Harry Baker, Chair of the Partnership. The PFJV leadership team have traveled throughout California over the last twelve months advising agencies as well as stakeholder groups regarding the possible closure of the Johnson Valley desert land. The Partnership has documented there are over 750,000 annual usage days of Johnson Valley from diverse groups ranging from the film Industry, scouting organizations, equestrians, flying clubs and off highway organized sports groups.” Closure of Johnson Valley would be a significant loss for all of California as well as the nation, based on stakeholder usage data. This is especially noteworthy since the Marines can expand their training operations to the east of the existing base, public land that is mostly unused.

The Partnership is asking all users of Johnson Valley to email Senator Feinstein’s office a short personal message stating what specific affect a Marine takeover of Johnson Valley would have on you, your family, business, friends, or any other impact. Specifically, Visits days per year, How many in your group, and how much you contribute to the local economy

Please take a brief moment to visit Senator Feinstein’s email message center located here:

http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.EmailMe

Simply complete the fields and leave a brief message. Senator Feinstein’s staff has informed the Partnership that they will not accept “letter generator” type emails. Please use the above link to leave a personal message. Alternatively, you can fax a letter to Senator Feinstein’s Los Angeles office at: 310-914-7318. The Partnership’s target deadline for this urgent action is Tuesday morning.

The Partnership is seeking donations, Please visit www.PFJV.org for details

About The Partnership for Johnson Valley:

The leadership of the Partnership For Johnson Valley has been cooperatively working with the military and the affected Stakeholders in an effort to explore alternatives to the proposed land expansion. The PFJV is a division of the 501©3 California Trail Users Coalition led by Harry Baker, Chairman with Mark Howlett as Executive Director, Wayne Nosala as Secretary and directors Ray Pessa and Helen Baker. The Mission of the Partnership is to unite the many people who enjoy the diverse activities available in the multiple-use open access area of Johnson Valley. The Partnership’s charter is to promote responsible recreation and the use of desert resources through conservation and education. The goal of the Partnership is to ensure public open-access to the area in the present, and to future generations who Live, Work, and Recreate in Johnson Valley. For more information and updates, please visit www.PFJV.org

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That sounds like something she would say.:moon: My "personal" comment has been sent, along with e-mailing some friends to do the same.:p

A copy of what I sent. It was hard not to call her names.:ride:

I just read that you stated that the Johnson Valley OHV area is rarely used. It is obvious that you have never been there, or you would have never made such a idiotic statement.

It is clear you have no desire to help the OHV public on keeping the few unlimited riding areas we still have. You should know that it is used by a broad range of people besides my family who recreate there 7 to 10 times a year. The movie industry, hikers, and rock hounds, just to name a few. Between your Wildernes push, and the alternatve energy farms, the places to get away from it all, is fastly becoming impossible to find.

Please do the right thing, and retract your statement, and start thinking about all Californians, not just the 5% that have nothing better to do then complain about something they nothing about.

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This is just iinsane. I've seen big weekends where there are tens of thousands of users at a minimum. The total has to be several times the 750k that was indicated.

To put it in perspective, Death Valley gets 800,000 documented visitors per year. The East Mojave is way lower at only 40,000 or so. I wonder what use all the desert wilderness areas get per year 1000 all together? I guess that since all those are so unused they should be converted to open areas so they get some use. I just don't understand how 750k/yr is low use, but we have many many units of the national park system that don't even a fraction of that. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Riding in Death valley anyone?

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Courteous? Hell I'm tired of being courteous. These people are twisted. :p

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Email sent,

As hard as it is, and believe me, it was hard, we must be respectful when contacting elected officials regarding our cause. Be sure to include in your emails that you will be discussing said topic with friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

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Sent my 2 cents to DF.

All, as much as I can't stomach her stances on most matters, I'd echo the need to ensure we're respectful in our correspondence to her office. Otherwise it makes it too easy for her to dismiss us as low-class, environment-destroying rednecks that so many others believe we are. Need to keep it professional.

:p

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Call. Just think of her staff getting this many calls!

How many Off Roader's are there?

Respectfully confront the lie with them on the phone.

Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call CallCall Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call CallCall Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call CallCall Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call Call

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A little background.

Harry talked to Senator Feinstein's Deputy State Director, James Peterson, on Friday. Peterson made the comment that there was very low usage of the Johnson Valley area. Peterson is basing his comment on the fact that the only data that was provided by the BLM was for permitted events. (55 events 100,000 users). Since JV is not a gated or fee area, that's the only count the BLM has. I think that it is ridiculous and it absolutely DOES NOT take in to consideration the casual users, the residents, or anyone else that visits the area.

We are asking people to send a message to Feinstein that indeed, WE DO COUNT.

We desperately need people to provide their usage data. The number of times they visit JV, the number of days of each visit and the number of people in their group each visit. Economic data is useful as well as it shows our value to the local community.

Here is Peterson's direct email, please ask your people to use this email address.

james_peterson@feinstein.senate.gov

Thank you,

Helen Baker

www.pfjv.org

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A little background.

Harry talked to Senator Feinstein's Deputy State Director, James Peterson, on Friday. Peterson made the comment that there was very low usage of the Johnson Valley area. Peterson is basing his comment on the fact that the only data that was provided by the BLM was for permitted events. (55 events 100,000 users). Since JV is not a gated or fee area, that's the only count the BLM has. I think that it is ridiculous and it absolutely DOES NOT take in to consideration the casual users, the residents, or anyone else that visits the area.

We are asking people to send a message to Feinstein that indeed, WE DO COUNT.

We desperately need people to provide their usage data. The number of times they visit JV, the number of days of each visit and the number of people in their group each visit. Economic data is useful as well as it shows our value to the local community.

Here is Peterson's direct email, please ask your people to use this email address.

james.peterson@feinstein.senate.gov

Thank you,

Helen Baker

www.pfjv.org

I tried to send Mr Peterson an e-mail and I got an undeliverable message.:p

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I tried to send Mr Peterson an e-mail and I got an undeliverable message.:p

I'm sorry, I typed the wrong email address. I've corrected it in my original post. The correct address is james_peterson@feinstein.senate.gov

that's james (underscore) peterson

helen

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As well as a call I sent a letter

to the office. I cited the fuel tax

study for objective measures of OHV users.

I also used gov sites to count legal places to ride.

Then some simple math and the acknowledgment

that Johnson Valley is a principal spot.

His return response.

Thank you for your email James. I am aware of the concerns about BLM use numbers, and do not rely on them as my sole source of information on Johnson Valley visitation. I hope to get input from all who have data to help me determine a reliable estimate. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on the subject.

PS: I have seen the 2006 state study---very interesting and useful information.

I suggest we keep hitting hard.

Call!!!!

Call Today!!

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email sent and I called the Los Angeles branch of her office. Its a quick call, we need to bombard them with calls! Here's some numbers:

LA area= (310) 914-7300

San Francisco= (415) 393-0707

San Diego= (619) 231-9712

Fresno= (559) 485-7430

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